Cloud Trailblazers 2020 – Shortlist

We have a bumper number of entries to the Tech Trailblazers Awards this year. 2020 has seen a considerable uptick since last year, an increase of over 50%, demonstrating that even more startups in the enterprise tech space are continuing to take positive steps to gain the recognition from awards in order to stand out from the crowd when it comes to seeking investment, clients, and potential acquirers.

The Cloud Trailblazers is open to cloud startups that offer innovative enterprise solutions to companies based anywhere around the world. The kind of topics that may be considered hot and innovative under cloud include: orchestration, cloud migration, physical-cloud integration, authentication, security, tools, image management, application packaging, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, OaaS. However, any startup that considers itself innovating in the cloud space can be considered.

Congratulations to this year’s shortlist for the Cloud category:

  • Bamboo Systems Group – Bamboo Systems provides a new-generation of ARM-based server-class platform that natively converges compute, storage, and networking with support for web-scale application deployment in a high-density, low-power, and scalable manner. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • CoreView – CoreView is an easy to use SaaS Management Platform that helps organizations avoid security risks, cut operating costs, and improve productivity. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • Fungible – Revolutionizing the performance, economics, reliability and security of data centers at all scales around the world. Website  Twitter LinkedIn
  • Syncari – Syncari unifies, intelligently augments, and enforces quality of customer data, then makes it available within applications through modern multidirectional synchronization.. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • TriggerMesh – Triggermesh’s serverless tools for functions-as-a-service (FaaS) allow deploying and managing functions on the Triggermesh Cloud or the cloud of your choice or in your own data center. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • Wasabi Cloud Storage – Wasabi delivers fast, low-cost, and reliable cloud storage that is 1/5 the price of Amazon S3 and faster than the competition. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • Wedge – Wedge HR aims to make hiring easy by offering a one-way recorded video interview built for the demands of modern recruiting. Website Twitter LinkedIn

Cloud Trailblazers  success – the story so far

The Cloud Trailblazers is one of the categories that has been a part of the Tech Trailblazers Awards since the very beginning in 2012. Since then there has been a steady stream of eight firms who have won or been shortlisted which have gone on to be acquired. The world of acquisitions is often secretive about the sizes of the deals but the biggest one reported was for the 2014 winner, SimpliVity, which was purchased for $650 million in 2017.

Other winners to be snapped up have been SaaSID (2012) bought by Intermedia in 2013 and Edgewise Networks (2017) purchased by Zscaler in May this year. Connections can prove vital for startups and it’s interesting to note that Zscaler themselves won the Security Trailblazers Award in 2013.

It’s not just the winners who garner interest from bigger firms. One of our first runners-up in 2012, CloudLock, went on to be acquired by Cisco in 2016 for $293 million. Other deals where the purchase of a runner-up didn’t declare a value include Racemi (2013) bought by DXC Technology, Perspecsys (2014) by Bluecoat, Apcera (2015) by Ericsson, and goBalto (2015) by Oracle.

This all goes to show how not only winners but also those recognised by our esteemed judges can catch the eye of a larger firm who then buys them up, often the startup founder’s dream exit.

Now we’re onto the second round of judging and the voting stage of the Awards. The public vote is now open, vote here now! Voting closes on Thursday 3rd December and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 8th December.

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